Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Amazing Cucumber

A cucumber contains most of the vitamins you need every day, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Feeling tired in the afternoon? Forget having a cup of coffee or tea and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

Monday, 26 August 2013

26 August 2013 Outing

Outing 26 August 2013

Mick - the plantsman

great bargains were had

A working market garden 

Joshua explaining his system of permaculture

down near the sheep

Lunch at the Kookaburra Cafe, Nana Glen

cheeky birthday girl this week, Jane

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


Scientific name: Coccinellidae
The bug: These tiny critters are a species of beetle. They look like itty-bitty Volkswagen “bugs” with great paint jobs. Many wear distinctive black polka dots on a background of red, orange, yellow or gray.
The benefit: When your prize roses or tender vegetable crops are plagued with aphid infestations, ladybugs come to the rescue: Adults eat 100 aphids a day; larvae can consume 100 aphids an hour. Ladybugs also devour garden mites, small insects and the eggs of pests like mealybugs, thrips, boll worms, leaf hoppers and scale.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Royal Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens has an area greater than 300 acres. It has a diverse number of different garden zones - treetop walkway, palm house, Princess of Wales Conservatory, waterlily house, rock garden, Davies alpine house, Dukes Garden, Mediterranean Garden and wonderful heritage trees. There are 14,000 trees alone - some 2,000 species in all.

See photo gallery for more snaps

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Our Trusty Peter

Peter is a well known face of Coffs Garden Club. He is there at the door to welcome members and guests, sell raffle tickets, supervise the competition table entry numbers, attendance book sign-in, give the Show Society Report and Air-side Airport garden maintenance reports ........ so the list goes on. What an active and willing member of the Coffs Garden Club family.

Small Airport Crew

We had four volunteers today, Peter, Helen, Jim and Simon. The gardens are just starting to show the first signs of spring growth, no doubt spurred on by the recent warm weather. However, there was very little to do today other than a quick 30 minute tidy up. New wood chips have certainly enhanced the garden appearance.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

History notes from 'For the Love of a Garden'

'For the Love of a Garden' The history of the Coffs Harbour Garden Club Inc. 1950 to 2005 by Betty Newton & Jack Lawson. The following has been taken from the year 2000 notes.

Uprooting the Airport Garden: In April and May extensions to the Coffs Harbour Airport Terminal involved the removal of all plants in the garden. They were re-potted and looked after at the Coffs Harbour City Council Nursery. In October re-planting in the new Airport garden began. This garden has taken shape as a more formal and narrower garden, keeping plantings low with a minimum of variety.

Nambour Trip 14 - 18 July: This was another successful coach trip for members, with visits to interesting places. A most enjoyable Christmas in July dinner with everyone receiving a glass of wine and a gift courtesy of the Ginger Mountain Resort in Buderim. On leaving, Rhonda presented a pot plant to the Manager of the Resort who was so delighted with it, he had it labelled "From the Coffs Harbour Garden Club" and placed on the reception desk.

Opening of Coffs Harbour RTA Road Works, 13 August: Hardware House at the Home Base Centre provided a great arrangement in the car park of plants, garden statues and a garden seat, to advertise our Garden Club. Members were present to hand out Garden Club flyers and Garden Competition schedules to people visiting the display. The Home Base Office also contributed a printed sign.'

Royal Kew Gardens, London

Royal Kew Gardens London

The Palm House

Vegetable garden

Magestic trees

lunch companions

cute idea

Basketwork mushrooms

Princess of Wales Conservatory

Waterlily House

Japanese Garden


Thursday, 1 August 2013


August 2013 flower of the month: Bulbs

Simon sent this lovely photo of 'his old girl' - a huge pot of Clivias he hopes to have some out for the next meeting and the flower of the month.